Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


Palo Alto GRECC’s research program includes basic biomedical, clinical and health services research in the following areas:

  • Endocrinology and metabolism of aging
  • Inflammatory mechanisms in degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis
  • Chronic kidney disease in older adults
  • Aging and mental health

The basic research program is studying (a) the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in age-related decline in steroid hormone production; (b) oxidative stress-induced cellular damage in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, (c) molecular processes that underlie aging and age-associated pathologies in mammals; (d) the mechanisms underpinning osteoarthritis and autoimmune disease, and development of targeted therapeutics, (e) muscle stem cell aging, and (f) genetic underpinnings of vascular disease including abdominal aortic aneurysm. The clinical and health services research program is studying (a) use and outcomes of dialysis in older adults, (b) cognitive impairment in chronic kidney disease, (c) decision support to manage chronic conditions, and (d) implementation of self-directed treatments for geriatric mental health disorders.


Palo Alto GRECC serves as a local, regional and national resource for geriatric education and training. The VA Palo Alto GRECC provides training programs in geriatrics for multiple disciplines, including medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, pharmacy and optometry. The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is an ACGME accredited program co-administered with our academic affiliate, Stanford University School of Medicine. The VA Palo Alto GRECC offers an Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics, the Geri-Scholars Program, a webinar series for VISN 21 focused on geriatric mental health, and sponsorship of regional dementia conferences and resource fairs. GRECC staff are national experts in their respective content areas and deliver multiple lectures locally and nationally on these topics.


GRECC faculty provide geriatric outpatient evaluation and consultation serving Veterans across the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. GRECC clinics are the major site for outpatient geriatrics clinical training and clinical conferences for medical students, residents, and allied health trainees in VA Palo Alto and Stanford. The clinical expertise of the VA Palo Alto GRECC is in the areas of geriatric medicine, cognitive impairment and mood disorders. Clinical innovations that have been implemented by the VA Palo Alto GRECC have focused on efficient patient-centered approaches to care delivery for frail older adults, including telehealth neuropsychological testing; E-consults to manage behavioral issues in dementia; and provision of tailored phone-based socialization, educational, and recreational activities to older Veterans in rural settings.

Health Care Professionals and Researchers are invited to attend our weekly seminars:

Clinical Core Curriculum Seminar Series
Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Building 4, 2nd Floor, Room C-260, GRECC
Also available by telephone and video-teleconference lines.

Contact Info


  • 3801 Miranda Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Building 4, Room C-260

Contact Number(s)

  • 650-858-3933

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.